Born in Canberra, Australia in 1958. Grew up all over Perth, Western Australia, and small town Victoria before moving to England for nearly a decade. Returned to Australia in 1983 and in 1986 moved to the Northern Territory where many adventures took place, mainly against a backdrop of sub-tropical wilderness pioneering (we lived without a house and off-grid for nearly five years) and snakes. Currently living in rural Victoria with even more snakes.
Wanted to be a writer by the age of 8. At that young age, I spent most of my playtime and going-to-sleep time thinking up new endings to stories I had seen on television or read in books. By the time I was 12, I had learned that actually writing was a lot harder than just thinking about it, but I persevered. For decades.
In those decades as I learned my craft, I also put in a lot of hands-on research, from driving semi-trailers to flying ultralight aircraft, to crossing Australia by motorbike, from learning and teaching martial arts to practicing herbal medicine, I’ve done it all, right down to living without a house and off-grid in the subtropics of the Northern Territory, Australia.
More research took me into the realms of lite armed forces, weapons handling, medical procedure, criminal psychology, police investigative procedures, and many other things besides. I value realism above all else.
From the early days I’ve been an avid fan of astronomy, the moon landings (the first happening when I was 11) and the concept of science fiction. I wanted all of it in my stories. Science fiction itself I found dry and devoid of personality, but bear in mind my youth at the time. I didn’t want politics. I wanted adventure! I wanted excitement. I wanted planetary colonization and aliens that were different.
I began publishing the Khekarian series in 2012, the second book in 2013. Some years later, before the third book was completed I underwent a personal and spiritual crash-and-burn and ended up pushing away, shelving my work for a three year period while I rebalanced my life and perspective. God put me back on track, and with the commitment to continue and finish what I started came the realization that God loves passion. I write with passion. I create out of passion. I have a bond with each and every one of my characters.
I am now reinvigorated and have taken up the reins, perhaps not taking on so much this time (on the social-media front. That will come), but focusing very much on the stories yet to be told. Doing what I love to do. Writing.
I love books I can crawl into and live in for a time. Writing such books is even better. The Khekarian series has my heart and soul, my blood, sweat and tears interwoven throughout.
Amazon allows you a free preview. If you like characters with passion and realism, and are not put off by fictional sex, a touch of mysticism in a sci-fi setting (hey, both Star Wars and Star Trek have that), please consider taking a look. Decide before you buy.
Thank you, everyone. Cheers.